Bogota (Agenzia Fides) - The Colombian Catholic Church has invited to participate in the Eucharistic Celebration on Friday, June 24, at 11:00 a.m., in the Cathedral of Bogota, which will be presided over by Monsignor Luis José Rueda Aparicio, Archbishop of Bogota and President of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia, in which the Consecration of families, communities and the entire nation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be renewed. The Holy Mass will be broadcast on the digital channels of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia and the Archdiocese of Bogota.
In order to live with greater participation this solemnity in which the mystery of love and mercy of God the Father is celebrated, the Department of Liturgy of the Permanent Secretariat of the Colombian Episcopate (SPEC), has prepared a liturgical subsidy divided into five sections: Guide for the celebration of the Eucharist. Prayer of Consecration of Colombia to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Prayer of the Faithful. Rite for the Consecration of the Country to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the family or in other institutions. Act of Consecration of Colombia to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As the note from the Episcopal Conference sent to Agenzia Fides recalls, the first Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus took place in Colombia in 1902, at the initiative of the then Archbishop of Bogota, Monsignor Bernardo Herrera Restrepo, as a plea to end the "War of the Thousand Days", which had broken out in 1899. After three years of a bloody and destructive war, the situation in the country worsened day by day and threatened to turn into a national catastrophe. The then Archbishop of Bogotá asked the Head of State, José Manuel Marroquín, to go to the Sacred Heart of Jesus to unite Colombians. On June 22, 1902, the Republic of Colombia was consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the first stone of the Church of the National Vow was laid. Five months after the Consecration, on November 21, 1902, the Treaty of Wisconsin was signed, which ended the war. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 23/6/2022)